Why're you looking so down now? I thought you'd been looking better than when you first got to this academy.
If there's something going on, then spit it out! It's a hero's job to help out his sidekick!
It's nothing, I just... I feel as though I haven't used my detective skills lately.
Your detective skills? You mean you haven't taken any cases lately?
I was always helping out at my uncle's detective office, but since I've been here... I feel like...I should be doing something. I got my Ultimate talent by chance, so...
Oh, you're talking about that? That's simple! You just gotta move your body!
Ah, we do a lot of training already though, don't we?
That's not what I mean. I mean put it into action! Detective work is always useful! Isn't that right, bro!?
But...a detective can't work unless there's a case to solve, or a request to fulfill.
No! Your talents are more than just that!
Hey, Shuichi...I'm an astronaut. Do you think I'm useless when I'm not in space?
You're not useless! You have good teamwork, and you always help people in need... Everyone really depends on you, Kaito.
Then what about detectives? Are they useless without cases or requests?
So I'll be the hero and you be my sidekick!
...Isn't that what we've been doing?
And when someone's in trouble, you help 'em out! Like, by giving them advice or something! It might be different from your usual detective work, but... Instead of rotting away like that, it'll make you feel alive by helping out those around us.
What are you planning, Kaito?
A hero's most important job is to be the hero!
...That doesn't make sense.
When you need a hero's help, just call! I'll help you with anything you can't handle alone!
Ah...okay. I don't know what I'm supposed to do, but...I'll try.
Ah, Kyoko. There's something that I've been meaning to ask you...
...What is it?
You were a detective before you even entered high school, correct?
Yes...it's been years since I first entered this line of work.
It's been that long? I thought *I* was young to start working as a detective... You're incredible, Kyoko.
...I feel kinda bad now. An apprentice like me doesn't deserve to share the title of Ultimate Detective with you...
But you're here because Hope's Peak Academy recognizes your accomplishments, yes?
I...don't know about that. I just solved a case by chance...
Be that as it may, you still grabbed hold of the truth and solved the case, didn't you? No one, not even you, can deny that outcome.
Others accept that you are a detective, and have also come to rely on you, too. The other day, I saw you running all over the place with Ryoma and Peko... No doubt because they needed your insights as a detective, right?
Ah, I was just looking for a missing cat around the academy... I've handled plenty of missing pet cases before, so I was able to help, but...
Do you think it's meaningless for people to rely on you?
...No, that's wrong. It makes me...so happy to be helpful.
Then I see no reason for you to compare yourself to me. Every detective is shaped by their motives, methodologies, and case histories.
That's why I believe I should always seek out the truth.
By adhering to your methodology, you've earned accomplishments as a detective, haven't you?
That's true... I'll never forget that, Kyoko.
I apologize for having such a negative attitude earlier. Thank you for encouraging me.
Ah, this conversation took an awfully serious turn...
It is known in Novoselic as "The Case of the Missing Makangos."
...I'm sorry, the what?
A creature native to Novoselic that multiplies when frightened. Are you not familiar with it?
Ah, an animal.
The first incident in this case occurred when a prominent noble lost their prized Makango.
I see... Losing a pet that's precious to you is hard.
Indeed. And his troubles did not end with his missing Makango. In Novoselic, couples must show their Makangos to one another in order to be wed. For this noble, he had a betrothed whom he intended to marry, but...
Things fell apart?
Yes. In time, other women began to pursue him for his wealth, causing no end of drama. Soon after, other nobles and socialites began to report their Makangos missing as well. The entire country went mad as betrothed lovers watched their courtships be torn apart.
That's terrible... I suppose you haven't found that Makango yet?
No... Most likely, the poor Makangos have been sold on the black market or enslaved...
Whether the culprit sought to own rare Makangos or cause discord between lovers, I cannot say. Given the number of incidents, the investigation thus far has not produced any solid leads...
The scale of this case is huge. There could be copycat criminals at work...
The Makango disappearances ended as quickly as they began, yet the case remains unsolved.
It must have been a difficult case... Hard on everyone involved.
So you *do* understand the hardship this case has inflicted upon my people! I thank you with all my heart for listening to my sudden tale of woe.
Truly, you are sweeter than any millennial confection. I was right to trust you. As the princess of Novoselic, I request that you solve this case and lift my people's anguish!
Ah...I'm not sure if I can produce results, but...
I've come *this* far. So, if you're alright with this case in my hands...
You have my gratitude. In return, I hereby grant you an open invitation to the Novoselic Kingdom!
...This conversation really *did* take a turn.
Today is the sports festival... All of the events so far were really exciting! But apparently Monokuma got in everyone's way during the events... Before the afternoon events start, let's find Monokuma and catch him!
I should corner him as quickly as possible
Huh, Shuichi? Where are you going? We're about to go on our lunch break.
Kaede...did you hear about Monokuma interrupting the events today?
Geez, he interrupted our race too, right when everyone was doing their best.
We have to find him and stop him...
Are you gonna go find Monokuma right now? What about lunch?
I'll find Monokuma quickly... I can eat later.
Um...I'm sure you'll be able to find him soon, but...
Oh yeah! You shouldn't try to do everything yourself! Get everyone else to help you! I'll tell everyone to stop Monokuma if they see him.
Ah, but what about your lunch, Kaede?
I'll ask them, and then I'll go eat. So, you should hurry and go, too. If you don't, you won't have time to eat.
...Thank you, Kaede.
You investigated as fast as you could and caught Monokuma!
I'll gather witness testimonies
Hey, Sayaka. When you all were doing the scavenger hunt...did you see Monokuma?
Yes, he threw a bunch of baseballs at us... I'm glad no one got hurt.
Did you see where he went?
Um... I didn't see Monokuma myself, but... I was on a scavenger hunt with Mondo and Keebo, until they ran toward the school building. I think they might've seen Monokuma run over there.
I see...thank you. I'll remember that.
You investigated the school after collecting testimonies and caught Monokuma!
Someone might have a clue...
Mahiru, you've been taking a lot of pictures today. Have you seen Monokuma?
Oh, he kept getting in everyone's way, so he ended up in a bunch of my shots.
This is a digital camera, so I can show you right now if it'll help catch Monokuma.
That would really help. Thank you, Mahiru.
You better catch him soon so he doesn't get in anyone else's way!
You traced Monokuma's footsteps with the pictures and caught Monokuma!
Today is the school festival... This classroom is doing an escape room! Let's work together to escape! Now, what to do...
The furniture in this room is suspicious...
Hajime, it looks like you've inspected the room pretty thoroughly. What did you find?
Yeah...I found something that might be a clue.
We should look at that first... Hajime, you're not a bad investigator! You may be suited to detective work.
Hearing that from the Ultimate Detective...
You brainstormed with Hajime and enjoyed solving the mystery!
The floor and walls are suspicious...
This hint is written in blood... Ah, it's fake blood, I suppose...
Toko, you look pale... Are you okay?
Th-There's no way I'm okay... I can't handle blood or gore at all!
...I don't see any gore, though.
Geez...I know it's fake, but I feel sick from these cheap visual effects.
I-I bet you like these inferior attractions, don't you? Well, hurry up and do something!
...Toko, why are you even here?
You worked hard to solve the mystery, without Toko's help...
We should discuss this first
At a glance, this first code is pretty typical. We can probably escape if we just look around.
It seems like you're used to these kinds of games, Nagito.
Yeah...I like solving mysteries. They're fun.
Oh, it's really arrogant of me to say something like that to the Ultimate Detective, huh?
Ah, no, I'm not a real detective. I'm more of an apprentice. I'm glad you're here, though.
Hearing you say that helps a little. I hope scum like me can be useful.
You somehow managed to cooperate with Nagito, despite his constant self-degradation.
Your last winter at the academy... Today is the closing ceremony, and you're up early... Thinking about only having a short time left at this academy makes you sad... And from that comes restlessness. What will you do?
It's early, I'll go to the classroom
Oh, it's you, Shuichi.
Good morning. You two are up early.
You're here early yourself.
Yeah...I just woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep.
I understand. When I wake up early cuz I gotta go pee, it's hard to get back to sleep.
After today's closing ceremony ends...it won't be long till we graduate.
You never thought about it...?
Ah, well...a little.
We make for a pretty unusual group. It's usually Kaito or Kaede here...
I can't have talks like this with the loud idiot. But for all of us to be here right now... That's going to be hard to come by in the future.
Why are you all sad? That's not like you.
Maki...I don't really know how to say it, but it's not as if we'll never see each other again.
I know. Even though I know that...it probably won't go that way...
Ugh, don't make that face! It's not like we're graduating today!
Besides, we can still see each other after we graduate! I'll invite you all to my magic show! My magic can still improve. The next time I show it to you, it'll be even more amazing! See? Why don't you guys try to think of the future in a more fun way? Look forward to it!
Look forward...to the future?
Himiko's right. There are a lot of things we can do from here. Hey...Kaede played a performance at Maki's orphanage, right? Why not have Himiko do a show at the orphanage too?
A show for orphans, huh? Yeah, that's a good idea. I might even get an apprentice. How about it, Maki?
...I can't imagine you as a master. I think you're moving too fast.
Hrmm...so that's how it is...
Well...that kind of future might be possible.
Yeah! Let's plan on it.
The three of you discussed the future...
I should take a walk around the dorm
Hm? Kyoko? You're up early.
I have to leave for some urgent business.
Now...? Are you going to skip the ceremony?
That's right. I'll be able to come back early, but I won't be back for the closing ceremony...
Have you told your classmates?
No, but I have told the homeroom teacher...
Ah, well...I can let Makoto know, if you'd like.
The Monokubs said we were all supposed to do a spring cleaning of the grounds... If you're going to miss it, I thought...you might want someone to take your place.
If that's the case... I'm sorry, but would you mind doing it?
Ah, don't worry about it! It's alright to depend on others when you need to. I'll give you some advice someone gave me. Don't try to do everything by yourself. Sometimes, asking for help is exactly what you need. Even if it's something small.
Ah, but...I might be getting a little *too* much help from everyone...
I never meant to hold it in... That was never my intention. When you involve yourself in someone else's business, you can easily misjudge them.
I'm sure you're right. There are certainly situations like that.
But aren't there times that make you think...you want to really trust someone? Even if you might get hurt?
You phrase it as if I'm going to agree already.
I'm not mad... Thank you for your consideration.
You and Kyoko grew a little closer today...
Exercise is perfect at a time like this
Oh, hey there bro! Are you training too?
Yeah! It's good to sweat some things out!
Right on! That's the spirit! It's all thanks to your training with me!
...You're right. You befriended me, and encouraged me, and gave me advice... You've...helped me so much, Kaito...
Hey, hey. What's all that about? Don't damped the mood, bro.
Ah, sorry... I was just thinking about what we've built over the years...
If I ever find myself in trouble, I can look back at my time with your inspiration, Kaito.
That's true, but... Graduation won't be the end for us! Listen up! Even if things get tough in the future...
Don't bear it all by yourself, right?
Oh...well if you get it, then it's all good.
When things are bad, me, Maki Roll, or Kaede will help you carry your burdens. As long as you understand that, you can get stronger.
The same goes for you, Kaito. If there's anything I can help you with, just say so.
Heh, now we're talking. Of course you'd help me! I'm the hero and you're my sidekick!
Alright then...wanna run for a while? Better hurry, or you'll be eating my dust!
Ah, hey! No fair, Kaito!
Working up a good sweat, you chased Kaito all the way to homeroom.
Appearances in Seasonal Events for Other Characters
Today is the sports festival... You finished your events, so you decided to cheer! Which event will you cheer for?
Shuichi will be playing table tennis...
Kaede...did you come to cheer me on?
My event just ended. Oh wait, did yours already end too?
Hmph... Disappointed you couldn't see Shuichi's victory?
Th-That's not what I meant! Obviously, I just wanted to see how well you did!
Ah, I don't know if I was very impressive out there...but thank you for coming.
You were thanked, even though you couldn't send him any cheers...
Your last winter at the academy...and you're performing at Sayaka's Christmas concert! You feel nervous to perform on an unfamiliar stage. What will you do before the show starts?
I should talk to someone to calm myself
Kaede, thank you for waiting for me.
Shuichi... Sorry for calling you so suddenly. I still have a lot of time before the concert starts, but I'm really anxious right now.
Don't worry about it. If you'd like, you can talk to me about it. I'm actually a little surprised that you're anxious. You've done so many performances...
Of course, I'm nervous! I'm about to perform onstage with a nationally recognized pop star! And I'm playing original songs that I arranged myself. This is a huge deal! What if Sayaka's fans hate it...?
I see. That does sound intimidating... But, Kaede...I'm really looking forward to hearing it.
And I'm a little bit nervous too. This is my first pop concert...
You're coming with Kaito and Maki, right? You'll be fine.
Oh, yeah... If you feel like it, do you wanna go eat somewhere after the concert?
Oh, well, Kaito said that they were going home right after the concert...
Huh? Um...what about you, Shuichi?
If it's...okay with you...I could stay behind. I know I'll want to talk about the concert.
I see...then do you wanna go somewhere with just the two of us?
O-Oh god... Now, I'm even more nervous.
Hm? Are you okay?
I-I'm okay! I'm nervous, but...I'll definitely do my best now... Um, so...look forward to tonight, okay? I'm sure Sayaka will do great on stage, but I'll make sure this will be the best performance.
You headed to the Christmas concert with newfound courage!
You've been looking forward to the summer sports festival, and it's finally starting today! But apparently Monokuma is disrupting the events and getting in everyone's way... We gotta find Monokuma and catch him before the afternoon events start! For everyone's sake, I will uphold the peace! Monokumaaaa! Where are youuuu!?
He might be hiding in the main building!
I found you, Monokuma! You're not getting away from me this ti—
Oh, it's just you, Monomi... Unfortunately, Shuichi's the one who caught me this time.
But I looked everywhere for him... Shuichi, where did you find Monokuma?
He was hiding in the nurse's office. We found him after comparing witness statements.
That makes sense... You're the Ultimate Detective, after all...
Puhuhuhuhu! Too bad, Monomi! You just blew your big shining moment!
Hrmm... At least I don't get in everyone's way all the time like you do.
Anyway, excellent work Shuichi! Thank you! I'll take it from here; you go back to your event!
Thank you, I'll do that.
...Make sure he doesn't get away.
...Though you played a very small role overall, you managed to safely apprehend Monokuma!